- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Two men face criminal charges for trying to steal a bronze statue honoring a Polish Revolutionary War hero from an East Chicago park.

The statue of Polish Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (kahs-ee-AHS’-koh) was sawed off just above the feet on Friday. The (Munster) Times (https://bit.ly/1iuowXj ) reports a man flagged down police officers after seeing the statue being dragged into a garage.

Lake County court records say officers found a man trying to saw off the statue’s head. That man and the garage’s owner face theft charges. The statue was recovered.

Kosciuszko volunteered for the American army during the Revolutionary War. He is a symbol of pride for Polish-Americans.

City parks manager Fran Nowacki declined to say what will happen with the statue, which has been in the park for several decades.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.thetimesonline.com

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